Backroads Of Japan

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Run by: G Adventures

Reference number: AJBR

From: £2399.00

Wander off the beaten path away from Japan’s big cities and popular sites with this 11-day tour that takes you to destinations that are often overlooked. Visit the treasured castle of Matsumoto and learn about samurai culture, relax in a traditional hot spring-fed onsen, and explore the quaint city of Hagi by bicycle, and settle in at a community homestay to truly immerse yourself in the local culture. Of course, there’s time before and after to explore Tokyo and Kyoto, making this trip a well-rounded glimpse into Japan’s past and present.

Day 1 Tokyo

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Tokyo

Take a CEO-led walking tour of eclectic modern Tokyo from the hub of Shinjuku to Shibuya through Yoyogi Park and Harajuku. The rest of the day is free for exploring more of the city.

Day 3 Tokyo/Nagano

Journey to Nagano, located in the Japanese Alps and host city of the 1998 Winter Olympics. Discover the world-famous Jigokudani Monkey Park and watch Japanese snow monkeys bathing in the natural hot springs.

Day 4 Nagano

Enjoy a day-trip to quaint Matsumoto and visit one of Japan’s most treasured castles. Return to Nagano and explore historic Zenkoji Temple.

Day 5 Nagano/Otsu (1D)

Travel to Otsu in Shiga prefecture. Located on the banks of Lake Biwa, Japan’s largest freshwater lake, the area is known for the Ogoto hot springs. Settle in and relax with a dip in the healing waters of the onsen and dine on traditional fare.

Day 6 Otsu/Hagi (1B)

Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the inn this morning before a long travel day. In the evening, arrive in the quaint city of Hagi, a former castle town that boasts feudal architecture.

Day 7 Hagi (1D)

Explore rural Hagi on a guided morning cycle and spot samurai architecture along the way. Later, travel to your community homestay, a G Adventures for Good project. Meet your host family and get to know each other as you enjoy dinner together.

Day 8 Hagi/Tottori (1B)

Bid farewell to your host family after enjoying breakfast together. Later, travel to Miho-misumi by train, taking in scenic views along the way. Learn the art of making "washi," a UNESCO-recognized traditional Japanese paper before continuing to the seaside town of Tottori.

Day 9 Tottori/Kyoto

Spend the morning exploring Tottori’s scenic sand dunes, some reaching 50m (164 ft) in height. After, visit the local fish market and opt for a fresh seafood lunch. In the evening, travel to Kyoto for two nights in the traditional heart of Japan.

Day 10 Kyoto

Visit the iconic Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, famed for an impressive 10,000 red torii gates. This afternoon, enjoy free time in this picturesque city. Opt to experience zen gardens, teahouses, shrines, and local gift shops – and maybe even spot a real-life geisha.

Day 11 Kyoto

Depart at any time.

Departures

Departure Date Return Date Availability Price
19/01/2019 29/01/2019 14 £2399.00
23/02/2019 05/03/2019 15 £2399.00
09/03/2019 19/03/2019 15 £2399.00
16/03/2019 26/03/2019 15 £2399.00
23/03/2019 02/04/2019 12 £2659.00
30/03/2019 09/04/2019 15 £2659.00
03/04/2019 13/04/2019 15 £2659.00
06/04/2019 16/04/2019 15 £2659.00
13/04/2019 23/04/2019 10 £2659.00
20/04/2019 30/04/2019 15 £2659.00
27/04/2019 07/05/2019 15 £2659.00
04/05/2019 14/05/2019 14 £2529.00
11/05/2019 21/05/2019 15 £2529.00
25/05/2019 04/06/2019 15 £2529.00
08/06/2019 18/06/2019 15 £2529.00
22/06/2019 02/07/2019 15 £2529.00
06/07/2019 16/07/2019 15 £2529.00
20/07/2019 30/07/2019 15 £2529.00
27/07/2019 06/08/2019 14 £2529.00
10/08/2019 20/08/2019 15 £2529.00
17/08/2019 27/08/2019 15 £2529.00
24/08/2019 03/09/2019 15 £2529.00
07/09/2019 17/09/2019 15 £2529.00
14/09/2019 24/09/2019 15 £2529.00
21/09/2019 01/10/2019 15 £2529.00
28/09/2019 08/10/2019 15 £2529.00
05/10/2019 15/10/2019 15 £2529.00
12/10/2019 22/10/2019 15 £2529.00
19/10/2019 29/10/2019 15 £2659.00
26/10/2019 05/11/2019 15 £2659.00
09/11/2019 19/11/2019 15 £2659.00
23/11/2019 03/12/2019 15 £2659.00
18/01/2020 28/01/2020 15 £2399.00
22/02/2020 03/03/2020 15 £2399.00
07/03/2020 17/03/2020 15 £2399.00
14/03/2020 24/03/2020 15 £2399.00
21/03/2020 31/03/2020 15 £2659.00
28/03/2020 07/04/2020 15 £2659.00
01/04/2020 11/04/2020 15 £2659.00
04/04/2020 14/04/2020 15 £2659.00
11/04/2020 21/04/2020 15 £2659.00
18/04/2020 28/04/2020 15 £2659.00
25/04/2020 05/05/2020 15 £2659.00
02/05/2020 12/05/2020 15 £2529.00
09/05/2020 19/05/2020 15 £2529.00
23/05/2020 02/06/2020 15 £2529.00
06/06/2020 16/06/2020 15 £2529.00
20/06/2020 30/06/2020 15 £2529.00
04/07/2020 14/07/2020 15 £2529.00
18/07/2020 28/07/2020 15 £2529.00
25/07/2020 04/08/2020 15 £2529.00
08/08/2020 18/08/2020 15 £2529.00
15/08/2020 25/08/2020 15 £2529.00
22/08/2020 01/09/2020 15 £2529.00
05/09/2020 15/09/2020 15 £2529.00
12/09/2020 22/09/2020 15 £2529.00
19/09/2020 29/09/2020 15 £2529.00
26/09/2020 06/10/2020 15 £2529.00
03/10/2020 13/10/2020 15 £2529.00
10/10/2020 20/10/2020 15 £2529.00
17/10/2020 27/10/2020 15 £2659.00
24/10/2020 03/11/2020 15 £2659.00
07/11/2020 17/11/2020 15 £2659.00
21/11/2020 01/12/2020 15 £2659.00

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